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Robert Reed, I am jumping at joy having read his latest story, "Firehorn" in the June/July issue of FSF. Like Gabe and Morgan, my son loves to tell stories and create monsters. So far though, none of his monsters have taken on lives on their own like the Firehorn.
"Firehorn" is told in a combination of flashbacks and present day events comparing the original creation of a 13 year old's imagination the 63 year old who now has to deal with the repercussions of his last big childhood prank.
But Firehorn isn't just a monster of the week type story. It's also a near future science fiction populated by AIs and a the environmental effects of global warming. It's not just people believing in Firehorn, but AIs too. The AIs are more like the robots of Futurama in that they gamble and have their own goofy religions. They aren't though dependent on Asimov's laws of robotics.
I really enjoyed "Firehorn" and I read all the monster's descriptions to my son. He thinks that Firehorn is an interesting and believable monster.